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August 28, 2017, Turks and Caicos - "Daylight saving time returns March 2018", Turks and Caicos Weekly News

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Daylight saving time returns March 2018

THE REINSTATEMENT of daylight saving time (DST) will return the Turks and Caicos Islands to the same schedule as most of the eastern United States and Canada.

Effective from Sunday, March 11, 2018, the TCI will adjust time one hour forward until the autumn when it falls back.

The change was announced by the Government this past week, after having conducted what they termed "extensive consultations” across the Turks and Caicos Islands.

On July 19 following these consultations, which took place online, cabinet took a decision to reintroduce the seasonal time change in the Islands.

Daylight saving time will be observed during the summer months and standard time, otherwise known as local time during the winter months.

The move comes three years after the PNP government took a decision in 2014 to not observe DST as of March 8, 2015.

At that time, it was reported that the change to permanent DST would give guests and residents later sunsets for tourism related activities during the winter months.

Minister of Home Affairs Vaden Williams said that the return to DST was due to complaints from parents.

"This is something that residents and visitors alike in the community have been asking for…

"Children go to school and their parents are concerned about their children being out early in the morning and it being too dark.

"I welcome it [the reinstatement of DST] and I believe that the community will welcome it also.”

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